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A Gunfight (1971)

Two aging gunfighters in need of money come to an agreement to organize an actual showdown between them and sell tickets for it. The townsfolk is more than interested to see the "show".

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Lamont Johnson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirk Douglas ... Will Tenneray
Johnny Cash ... Abe Cross
Jane Alexander ... Nora Tenneray
Karen Black ... Jenny Simms
Dana Elcar ... Marv Green
Robert J. Wilke ... Marshal Tom Cater
Keith Carradine ... The Young Gunfighter
Eric Douglas ... Bud Tenneray
Paul Lambert ... Ed Fleury
Raf Vallone ... Francisco Alvarez
James D. Cavasos James D. Cavasos ... Newt Hale
Philip L. Mead Philip L. Mead ... Kyle Briggs
George Le Bow George Le Bow ... Dekker
John J. Wallwork John J. Wallwork ... Toby Leach
Neil Davis Neil Davis ... Canbury
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Storyline

Will Tenneray and Abe Cross are two famous gunfighters who are getting old and need money. Cross tried his luck at gold prospecting but failed. Tenneray works at the local saloon where he capitalizes on his past fame to "sucker fools into buying drinks". The town expects them to become enemies and kill each other in a gunfight but the two aging gunfighters start liking one another. Desperate for money, Tenneray suggests to Cross to put on a show for the townsfolk and fight in an arena for money. The proceeds from the ticket sales would go to the winner of the gunfight. Both men like the idea of a paid show but hate the possibility of one of them killing the other. Written by nufs68

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It was the first time they sold tickets to a gunfight. Winner takes all. Widow takes the body. See more »

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1971 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Gunfight See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film had been banned by the Mexican Film Bureau from Mexican territory because it presented a false image of Mexico and the Mexican people. However, there is no information that the production company intended to shoot the film in Mexico. See more »

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Quotes

Will Tenneray: A job? Suckerin' fools to buy drinks? 'Cept I wear my pants on the outside I'm no different from Jenny you laid with last night.
Abe Cross: Guess I know what your talkin' about. I worked a job myself before I went out prospectin' this last time.
Will Tenneray: Doin' what?
Abe Cross: Trick shootin'. Medicine show. 'Sides me, they had a midget and a tattooed feller.
Will Tenneray: [snorts] That says it better.
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Alternate Versions

On this film's second US network airing, ABC-TV cut it to fit into a 90-minutes-with-commercials time slot, excising the sub-plot about the businessman who bet on Tenneray only after Cross had assured him that nothing would happen. See more »

Connections

Referenced in McCloud: Give My Regrets to Broadway (1972) See more »

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A Gunfight
Composed & Sung by Johnny Cash
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Bygones
26 July 2005 | by wilkiecollinsSee all my reviews

The old shooting times are over, the gunfighters are just a live legend - perhaps only a curiosity - for borrachos and mean people. Unable to fit into the new times, all they can do is killing each other, to feed their own legend or to be buried with it. In this complex, sober, highly undervalued movie, Douglas (the real one, not Michael) and Cash accomplish with their destiny, it does not matter who will be the winner, who will be the loser: both are doomed and they know it. But they are not the worst in town: this role is left to the bloodthirsty people who do not even have the guts to run personally the risk but enjoy the killing. Too late they realize what they have caused and supported, ant silence fall on them. But the'll forget, and next time it will happen again.


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